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Coordinated Insanity over Climate Change

The new President of France, Emile Macron, announced on 2nd June, that all Europeans must now come together to “Make our Planet Great Again”. This, in response to the news that the American President, Donald Trump, confirmed that the United States is pulling out of the Paris climate accord – in order to make “America Great again.”

So let me make a shrewd guess at what Emile Macron wants us to understand with his particular take on ‘making the planet great again.’ And I would add, all other signatories to the climate change accord, along with him.

They are all supposedly dedicated and committed supporters of the supposition that an excess of CO2 (primarily) is warming the Earth to a dangerous degree, and must be prevented from doing so further via actions which greatly reduce carbon emissions in everyday life. Right?

OK, so all you wise and earth-caring politicians, if you really believe in your own rhetoric, will you answer a few questions from a curious observer? These same questions also apply to many others who share Mr Macron’s views.

Firstly, why are you so openly promoting the invasions of foreign countries, arms sales and general rhetoric of ‘war against terrorism’ when it is a well established fact that the military, including air force and navy, are amongst the single greatest contributors to climate destabilization?

Are you aware that the military (US,* NATO, national forces) are amongst the highest, if not highest, users of fossil fuels on the planet; releasing vast volumes of toxic materials directly into the earth’s atmosphere and doing immense physical damage to the planet’s fabric at the same time?

Secondly, why do you promote, or at least fail to limit, the widespread use of monocultural agrichemical farming practices which greatly inhibit the soil’s capacity to absorb CO2 emissions?

Thirdly, why do you continue to allow the expansion of commercial airlines, the building of new runways and the concreting over of green spaces, when you know that high flying jet aircraft disrupt the ozone layer and deposit toxic carbons over vast regions of the upper atmosphere – and indeed on Earth as well?

Fourthly. How come you support, and fail to control, freight carrying cargo ships that ply their trade from one end of the planet to the other, yet have been identified as emitting high levels of CO2, contributing further to overall volumes in the atmosphere?

Fifthly, Why are you so proud of making your new domicile in a power hungry palace and generally showing your admiration for all facets of industry that deliver ‘growth’ by extracting the maximum amount of energy from the earth, at the cost of potential ecocide?

Is this your way of “making the world great again” ?

In fact, why, if you believe in what you say, do you support the current global economic agenda at all, now that you know that ‘maximum growth neoliberal globalism’ is the chief cause of the very problem you swear is bringing the planet to its knees?

Please can you answer these questions Mr Macron? Please can you answer these questions leaders of the European Union and other countries that signed the Paris climate accord?

Please can you deliberate over these observations climatologists, environmentalists, greens and all others who say ‘the science must be right’ without ever bothering to examine the question themselves, or indeed change their life styles.

I think I can second guess Mr Macron’s response, not that it would be heard in public. So here it is:

“Oh, but the economy is far too important to allow anything to get in the way that might be contrary to its continuous growth and expansion. Arms sales are our biggest earner. Invasions of foreign countries are, err, necessary to defeat terrorism. Agrichemicals and GMO are essential to feed the world. Airlines promote global tourism, easy business and exports.

We must get our priorities right, after all, we cannot go against ‘the laws of the market place’. People must have easy access to the widest possible range of ‘affordable goods’. We cannot arbitrarily limit people’s choice, can we..”

May I interrupt for a moment Mr Macron? What if the price of these ‘affordable goods’ is inhuman, sweat-shop slave labor in Southern hemisphere countries, leading on to the mass production of both commodities and foods that are then packaged, shipped and flown all around the world, contributing hugely to global CO2 emissions?

No reply.

Maybe you didn’t know that a typical range of foods you see being dumped into a supermarket trolley has traveled more that 7,000 kilometres. Is that mitigating climate change? Is that supporting short supply chains and ecologically benign energy footprints?

No reply.

And what about your military exploits in other countries? In light of the fact that you now know that the CO2 spewing war-machine, a product of the military industrial complex that you are so proud of, is entirely antithetical to your insistence that ‘in order ‘to make the world great again there must be a united effort to reduce CO2 emissions’ – are you willing to radically revise your foreign policy position?

No reply.

Lastly, Mr President and all other masters of hypocrisy, are you happy with dumping barely disguised ‘carbon taxes’ on ordinary people striving to earn a basic living, while you and your business and banking elite plunder the national coffers – and the planetary ones – so as to acquire ever higher salaries, pay-offs and luxury perks for yourselves and your families?

No reply.

So in fact, Emile Macron and similar proteges, you either don’t believe one iota in CO2 provoked climate change in the first place, or you couldn’t give a damn’ about it, even if you might agree with it. Right?

No reply.

Postscript:

It should be plain by now, to all uncritical believers in the ‘climate accord’ that it is a giant hoax. That none of those ‘important people’ who stand up on a world stage and state that ‘counteracting climate change is the single mot important concern of the decade’ demonstrate any personal interest in their public protestations.

They are fakes. And all those who are genuinely concerned about this issue, should return to square one, do their own research and seek to find their own answers. Don’t be led by the nose.

*(http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/the_pentagons_hidden_impact_on_climate_change/ )

This article first appeared in www.connorpost.com

Julian is an early pioneer of UK organic farming, an international activist, writer and broadcaster. His articles appear in a wide diversity of journals and on-line sites. He is President of the International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside and spends much of each year in Poland. Julian is the author of two acclaimed titles: Changing Course for Life and In Defence of Life. Read more on www.julianrose.info.

The Politics of Deception

We had better recognize, today rather than tomorrow, that deception, lies and hypocrisy are now endemic in the great majority of political institutions of this planet.

They are so institutionally ingrained within the established patterns of behavior on display in Westminster, Washington and Warsaw – not to mention Brussels, Berlin and Barcelona – that one can hardly fail to reach the conclusion that the ability to lie convincingly has become the key factor in determining personal advancement within the party-political pyramid.

Much of this deceit is jaw droppingly opaque. To the extent that we are told that white is black, war is peace and slavery is freedom. No exaggeration.

It must surely be apparent by now, that trusting a politician to carry out what he/she promised to do if elected, is as naive as expecting a narcissist to survive without a vanity mirror.

We are being treated to an exhibition in the art of guile and deception every time we confront the realities of ‘the democratic process’ which is supposed to be guiding the affairs of state of the Western World. (more…)

Sold a Lie

Stop Watching the Show – Manifest a Vision of Truth

‘The show must go on’ as they say in the theatre. And indeed, so it would appear. Only this particular show seems to have no beginning or end. The curtain never comes down; there isn’t even an interval in which to draw breath and stretch one’s legs.

It’s a 24/7 bonanza, and the cost of a seat is almost certain to put you out of pocket. In spite of which, the auditorium is full of expectant faces staring up at the unfolding scenes and drinking in the drama being staged for their consumption.

So few actors, so many spectators. Yet the actors hold the attention and the spectators soon forget that they are in a theatre and have paid for their seats. (more…)

The Battle to Save the Small Farms of Poland

I am writing this in the Polish Parliament in Warsaw (The Seime). Jadwiga Lopata, founder of The International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside, myself (ICPPC President) and farmer colleagues from different regions of Poland, are in the parliament as part of a campaign we have been fighting for the past three years, to get the food laws changed. We are supported in this by a number of active consumers and, perhaps surprisingly, by the chairman of the Agricultural Committee, who belongs to the Kukiz 15 social movement which achieved 12% of the vote in the last election.

The current law in Poland discriminates heavily against the small and medium sized traditional family farmers by prohibiting the on-farm processing of their traditional high quality foods. Also banning the sale of such foods in shops and other local and regional outlets.

The only way farmers can be on the right side of the law, is if they register themselves as ‘a business’ and carry out their processing activities in a separate building designed to satisfy ‘hygiene and sanitary’ regulations of the European Union and national government. Regulations that have been designed by supermarkets and the food industry for supermarkets and the food industry. (more…)